Have you ever heard of anyone who spent 8 hours a day bathing? As strange as it seems, such cases do happen. This is called the obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Gracie was fifty-three when she helped help regarding her obsessive-compulsive disorder. She worried about dirt and contamination to the extent that she even dropped out of college and returned home. Despite returning home to live with her parents and two teenage siblings, her fears of getting herself contaminated became even more overwhelming. She would get angry with her family as she feet that were intentally contaminating her and would spend six to eight hours a day in the bathroom where she would spend her nights washing and her days sleeping.
It certainly was not easy to help seek treatment for Gracie's obsessive-compulsive disorder but then it's also not an impossible task. It took several months alone just to set up an appointment with Gracie. However, the appointment sessions were conducted through closed door as Gracie refused to go out of her room which makes it difficult to communicate with her let alone help her. To add on to that, she was not only fearful of medication but she also would not let a doctor examine her.
Now all of you must be wondering how is it possible to cure Gracie's obsessive-compulsive disorder given the current situation. However thanks to her brother Charlie, who offered to help, Gracie started to make rapid progress.
For a start, Charlie was able to do exposure assignments with Gracie, convincing her that nothing bad would happen to her if she would touch anything dirty even. This would be accompaniment by the 'cause and effect' thought. For example, how can thinking about something dirty make you sick? Or if we think about a million dollars that will make us rich?
Following that, the therapist and Gracie had progressed to working together in the bathroom to reduce her washing time. Demonstration by the therapist on how to wash hands within thirty seconds was being carried out and a tape recorder was installed in the bathroom so that Gracie could keep track of how long she spent washing her hands when she turned on the recorder. After which a creative reward system technique was used to reduce the number of times Gracie exposed and washed her hands.
A year went by and Gracie finally was able to walk down the street even though she looks extraordinarily weird with her fists clutched and held against her chest. It is not easy as Gracie's social skills stink even when she had made phenomenal progress and thus this made her so distress that she was not able to hear any suggestion progress of her obsessive-compulsive disorder even. Therefore in order to resolve this issue, Charlie would take a video taping her walk and then compare it to other people's walk.
Finally after two and a half years, Gracie was walking normally and going to the bookstore to buy books herself. She had also contacted an obsessive-compulsive disorder group to offer them help and was even making arrangements to return to school to get her degree. In short, she was turning into a normal person after long.
Here if any of your family members were to experience obsessive-compulsive disorder, do not lose hope and never stop trying. Always try to seek treatment whenever you see the symptoms appearing. Finally, always remember that it takes a lot of patience to deal with a member suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder and the results of it will not come that easily.